The weekly Monday night blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., will continue Nov. 22 with Big Pete Pearson. The music will run from 7 to 10 p.m. in the upstairs music room; admission is $10 at the door.

Originally born in Jamaica, Pearson moved to Texas as a young boy and was raised by his grandparents and grew to love music through his church. He took lessons in piano, but eventually learned guitar and bass.

“My grandma was the one who taught me how to use my voice,” said Pearson. She said, “When you hit a high note, you turn it loose.”

Pearson eventually moved to Phoenix, where he played with many local bands, earning the moniker Arizona’s King of the Blues. His voice and strong stature so command attention; another nickname, used as the title of his latest CD, is The Screamer. Pearson has played with blues legends Ray Charles, BB King and Muddy Waters and has been a major influence to his cousin, W.C. Clark.

The weekly series continues before its short winter break with the JP Blues Band Nov. 29 ($10); the annual Blues Year Eve dress-up party Dec. 6 with Andrew Jr. Boy Jones ($10); and a special Thursday show Dec. 9 by Anthony Gomes ($15). The non-smoking shows are subject to change; for more information, call 593-9336 or send e-mail to

New Year’s Eve blues

Blues lovers can ring in 2011 with Johnny Rawls, 2010 winner of the Best Soul Blues  Album Blues Music Award, Friday, Dec. 31 at the Trade Winds Motor Inn, 2 Park Drive. Cost is $199 plus tax per couple and includes room, dinner, dance, party favors, champagne toast, breakfast and use of the pool and hot tub. Space is limited; for more information or to sign up, contact Paul Benjamin at 596-6055.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to